Oil Futures Rangebound, Nymex Crude Trades Flat

TODAY: July 25, 2014 PUB DATE: July 25, 2014

By Eric Yep Crude-oil futures moved in a narrow price range in Asian trade Friday after dropping overnight on high stockpiles of gasoline in the U.S. and as markets await tighter sanctions against Russia. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, ...

Indonesia President Approves New Contract Terms With Freeport -Minister

TODAY: July 25, 2014 PUB DATE: July 25, 2014

By Linda Silaen and Deden Sudrajat JAKARTA, Indonesia--Indonesia approved new mining-contract terms for PT Freeport Indonesia Friday, according to government officials. The new contract was agreed to by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. It is expected to be signed Friday by ...

Euro-Zone Private-Sector Lending Improves Slightly

TODAY: July 25, 2014 PUB DATE: July 25, 2014

FRANKFURT--Private-sector lending improved somewhat in the euro zone in June though it remained below year-ago levels, the European Central Bank said Friday, suggesting that credit conditions are slowly starting to improve which may in turn boost the region's economic growth ...

U.K. Output Rises 0.8% in Second Quarter, Passing Precrisis Peak

TODAY: July 25, 2014 PUB DATE: July 25, 2014

By Jason Douglas and Nicholas Winning LONDON--Britain's economy finally overtook its prerecession peak in the second quarter, official estimates showed Friday, more than six years after a global banking crisis caused a sharp downturn. The Office for National Statistics said ...

Asian Shares Mixed, Toyko Helped by Soft Yen

TODAY: July 25, 2014 PUB DATE: July 25, 2014

Asian stocks were mixed early on Friday, with a weaker yen helping Japan lead the region higher at the end of a positive week. Japan's Nikkei Stock Average rose 0.5% as the yen softened against the dollar--a positive for the ...

Net trade surplus at SEK 5.2 billion in June

TODAY: July 25, 2014 PUB DATE: July 25, 2014

Press release from Statistics Sweden 2014-07-25 9:30 AM Nr 2014:434 Exports, imports and net trade balance, June 2014: Net trade surplus at SEK 5.2 billion in June In June 2014 Swedish exports of goods amounted to SEK 95.6 billion, while ...

CURRENCIES: Euro Bruised After Weak German Sentiment

TODAY: July 25, 2014 PUB DATE: July 25, 2014

By Hiroyuki Kachi MADRID (MarketWatch) -- Weak German business-sentiment data underpinned the U.S. dollar on Friday, and weighed on the single European currency. The euro (EURUSD) last traded at $1.3452 from $1.3462 in late North America trading. The British pound ...

German GfK August Consumer Sentiment at 9.0 vs 8.9 in July

TODAY: July 25, 2014 PUB DATE: July 25, 2014

By Todd Buell German consumer sentiment rose to its highest level in nearly eight years, survey data from the Nuremberg-based GfK institute showed Friday, although it warned that the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 could still cloud the consumer ...

U.K. Output Rises 0.8% in 2Q, Passing Precrisis Peak

TODAY: July 25, 2014 PUB DATE: July 25, 2014

LONDON--Britain's economy finally overtook its prerecession peak in the second quarter, official estimates showed Friday, more than six years after a global banking crisis caused a sharp downturn. The Office for National Statistics said the U.K. economy expanded 0.8% in ...

Geopolitical Tensions Weigh on German Economy, Data Suggest

TODAY: July 25, 2014 PUB DATE: July 25, 2014

By Todd Buell Geopolitical tensions are weighing on the German economy, suggesting that the country faces growth risks in the third quarter after what was likely a flat a second quarter, data published Friday indicate. The lead indicator of the ...

Agricultural Bank of China to Tweak Mortgage Policy

TODAY: July 25, 2014 PUB DATE: July 25, 2014

BEIJING-- Agricultural Bank of China, one of China's big four state-owned banks, plans to tweak its mortgage policies for first-time home buyers in Shanghai, a move seen as part of the targeted easing approach that Beijing is taking to calibrate ...

Japan's Inflation Rate Slows in June

TODAY: July 25, 2014 PUB DATE: July 25, 2014

TOKYO--Japan's annual inflation rate slowed for a second straight month in June, the government said Friday, likely fueling debate over whether the nation's central bank is too optimistic in predicting it will hit its ambitious price target. Inflation eased in ...

German GfK August Consumer Sentiment Rises

TODAY: July 25, 2014 PUB DATE: July 25, 2014

German consumer sentiment rose to its highest level in nearly eight years, survey data from the Nuremberg-based GfK institute showed Friday, although it warned that the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 could still cloud the consumer mood in coming ...

Brent Crude Back In Range Trading

TODAY: July 25, 2014 PUB DATE: July 25, 2014

By Cassie Werber LONDON--Brent crude has re-entered a trading range after spiking last month, when it shot up close to $116 a barrel on fears that Iraqi supplies could be affected by militant action. Oil has continued to flow, and ...

New Zealand ANZ July Business Confidence +39.7%; June +42.8%

TODAY: July 25, 2014 PUB DATE: July 25, 2014

By Rebecca Howard WELLINGTON, New Zealand--New Zealand business confidence continued to wane in July, ANZ Bank's business outlook survey showed Friday. A net 39.7% of respondents in the monthly survey expected business conditions to improve over the next 12 months ...

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks: Futures Lean South; Amazon May Fall

TODAY: July 25, 2014 PUB DATE: July 25, 2014

By Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch MADRID (MarketWatch) -- Stock futures leaned lower, with tech stocks setting up for particular weakness after Amazon.com Inc. posted disappointing results, and as investors readied for durable-goods data. Shares of Pandora Media Inc. could also extend ...